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Waldorf Students, Professors to Present History Research at Conference

Jason Eck

Alicia DanielsonTwo Waldorf College seniors, accompanied by two history professors, will return for the second year to present history papers alongside peers and professionals at a prestigious conference March 3-5 in Omaha, Neb.

History majors Alicia Danielson and Steven Pals and professors James Scarry and Blake Slonecker will participate in the Missouri Valley History Conference at the Embassy Suites Downtown/Old Market hotel, where they will present their research to fellow students, history professors and published historians. The conference includes panels on all periods of history, from the classical era to the modern.

“As undergraduate students in history, this is a wonderful experience for us to mingle with professionals in our fields of study, present our research to those professionals and explore career opportunities,” Danielson said.

She and Slonecker will be two of three presenters on the panel, Feminist Thought and Activists in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Danielson will discuss her paper, “Who is God?: Mary Daly’s Use of History to Re-Gender God,” about Mary Daly, a theologian who was active in the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Slonecker will present his paper titled “Near the Eye of a Movement Storm: Liberation News Service and Second-Wave Feminism.” Both students are scheduled to speak during the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. session on Thursday, March 3.

“What I hope to do with my research is show the historical world how religion played a large role in the feminist movement,” said Danielson, who is minoring in religion.

Steven PalsPals will be one of three on the panel, United States Politics in the First Half of the 20th Century. His paper, “Failure to Act: The Interim Between the Administrations of Hoover and Roosevelt,” examines the transition between the presidential administrations in 1932-33. Pals is scheduled to speak during the 3-5 p.m. session on Thursday, March 3.

“I’ve always been interested in the workings of Franklin Roosevelt,” Pals said. “My major is in history, but I plan to continue in public history. My hope is to incorporate FDR into my studies wherever I go.”

Scarry will participate on the panel, American Relations with Pre-Soviet Russia and the Soviet Union. His paper is titled “On the Front Lines of the Cold War: Iowans’ Reactions to Khrushchev’s Visit in 1959” and his presentation is scheduled during the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. session on Thursday, March 3.

Founded and organized by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of History, the Missouri Valley History Conference claims to be the longest standing professional gathering of historians in the region. For information about the conference, go to

Waldorf, a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1903, delivers engaging experiences through innovative classroom instruction. The college offers residential and online bachelor’s degree programs such as music, theater, psychology, physical education, fire science administration and criminal justice administration.